Sample i539 Form, H4 Change, Extension of Status, Documents

Sample i539 Form for H4 extension within USA with biometric appointment. Form i539A required for child. H4 EAD employment information required. i539 online.

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  By Am22tech      Updated  2 Mar, 20

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You can file form i539 online for faster processing for your H4 extension if you are filing alone and without the help of an attorney at this time.

Example: If you have an H4 kid who can normally be added to your H4 extension i539 form, then you cannot file the H4 extension online.

Documents Required for H4 Extension

  1. Form i539 and Form i539A
  2. H4 Visa Stamps in Passport (If Any) – Color Copy
  3. H1B Primary i797A approval Copy – required only if filing H4 extension separately from H1B extension.
  4. Most Recent I94
    1. Check last approved H4 i797A for attached paper i94.
    2. Or if you last entered USA by any port of entry, download i94 from CBP website.
    3. Or if you got your i94 extended after passport renewal at any Land Border like Laredo, TX or San Diego, use your paper i94 copy.
  5. Most Recent Entry to US Immigration Stamp – Check US immigration stamp in your Passport.
  6. Current and OLD Passport Biometric Page
    • Passport page with Photo and address. Passport should be valid for at-least next 3 months.
    • All OLD Passports Biometric page are required.

If you are filing H4 visa stamp outside USA, then you need to fill form DS-160 and NOT i539. The documents required for H4 Visa stamping in US embassy are given here.

Can Form i539 be filled online?

Currently, you can file I-539 online only if you are filing for yourself and want to extend your B-1, B-2, F-1, F-2, H-4, M-1, or M-2 status. 

If you need to change your status like changing from H1B to H4, you need to file a paper form.

If you have any other status or are filing with additional applicants like your kid or spouse, you must file a paper Form I-539. 

Is i539 fees same for online and paper form?

The paper i539 and online i539 are same and have same fees.

How much is I539 fees?

i539 fees per form is $370. You also need to pay $85 per person for yourself and each additional person included on form i539A.

Can we pay i539 fees online?

You can pay your i539 filing fee online if you are eligible to file i539 form online. If you are filing paper i539, then you can pay by check, money order or credit card.

Is i539 fees refundable?

USCIS does not refund fees, regardless of the final result of approval or denial.

Will I receive Paper Receipt Notice for i539 filed online?

Yes, USCIS will send the paper receipt notice for your i539 filed online by USPS mail.
You will also receive the paper approval notice (i797) with new i94 by USPS mail.

Is i539 online processing time faster than paper i539?

Yes, you do save time by filing i539 online. The total processing time will reduce by couple of days that are consumed by mailing and then entering your data in USCIS systems.

Will Biometric notice me sent online for i539 filed online?

Yes, you will receive your Biometrics appointment notice online.
You will need to update your contact information online too if it changes.

Will RFE details be sent online for i539 filled online?

You will get Requests for Evidence (RFE) details online in your USCIS account. You can respond to RFE online too.

Sample Form i-539 for H4 Extension

Use the sample i539 form to fill your form when filing H4 extension from within USA. This same form can be used to fill your H4 extension online on USCIS website.

Form i539 Part 1:

  • Please fill the H4 US residence address Question 4 and 5 to make sure the H4 Biometric Appointment letter is sent to H4’s address.
  • We have seen that many attorney’s fill their own office address here and then USCIS schedules an appointment closer to Attorney Office instead of H4’s physical address. Many people have reported that they got the biometric metric appointment in New Jersey when the H1B is working in Dallas, TX simply because the Attorney who filed the form i539 used his NJ address.
  • A number in Q 2: Alien number is written on H4 EAD card if you have ever got one. If not, then you can leave this field blank.
  • SSN number in Q 9: If you have never applied for H4 EAD or SSN before, then chances are high that you do not have SSN. You can leave it blank.
  • Passport number in Q 12: The passport number attached to your current active i94. If you entered US using your old passport and now have a renewed passport, you should write OLD passport number here.
  • Passport number in Q 14a and b: Your current active and valid passport. If you entered US using your old passport and now have a renewed passport, you should write current passport number here.
Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 1
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 1

Form i539 Part 2:

  • i539 form Q5a = Select this box if you are filing H4 application for yourself and more dependents like your kids.
  • i539 form Q5b = Enter total number of H4 dependents.

Example: If you are a wife of H1B, and you have 2 kid, then you should select Q5a and write ‘2’ in 5b.

If you do not have any kid, then do not select 5a and leave 5b empty. You should select Q4 in this case.

Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 2
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 2

Form i539, Page 3, Part 4:

On page 3 of form i539, Q 14 answer

  • Select Yes, if you already have H4EAD and have been working actively using your work authorization.
  • If you have H4 EAD and not working, select ‘No‘.
  • If you do not have H4-EAD at all, then select ‘No‘.
Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 3
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 3
Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 4
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 4

Form i539 page 5 can be left blank if you are filing it yourself. If your attorney is filing it, then fill Attorney information on page 5.

Page 6 is also for attorney only. You can leave blank if you are not using one.

Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 6
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 6

Form i539 Page 7, Part 8, Question 1 to 3

You have to fill H4’s employment information if H4 has been working and have selected ‘Yes‘ on page 3, Q 14.

H4 Employment information:

  1. Employer Name
  2. Job title/Designation
  3. Employer full address
  4. Weekly Income (Before Tax) in USD
  5. Dates of Employment – Write start date to finish date.
Sample i539 form for h4 extension - page 7
Sample i539 form for h4 extension – page 7

Sample Form i-539A for H4 Extension

Sample i539 A form for h4 extension - page 1
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension – page 1
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension - page 2
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension – page 2
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension - page 3
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension – page 3
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension - page 4
Sample i539 A form for h4 extension – page 4

Form i539A – Page 4 can be left blank if there is no additional information to share.

Form i539 Fees with Biometric

Fees per i539 form is $370. You also need to pay $85 per person for yourself and each additional person included on form i539A.

Example:

 i539 Fees with BiometricForm Required
One H4 Adult + one H4 Kid under 21$370 + $85 + $85 = $540i539 (Adult), i539A (Kid)
One H4 Adult + two H4 Kids under 21$370 + $85 + $85 + $85 = $625i539 (Adult), two i539A (Kid)
One Adult filing B1/B2 extension$370 + $85 = $455i539 (Adult)
Husband & Wife filing B1/B2 extension$370 + $85 + $85 = $540i539 (Husband), i539A (Wife)

H4 i539 USCIS Address

Use these USCIS address to send both H-4 and H4 EAD application if filing separately from the H1B.

Send your H4 and H4EAD application to USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility if the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129 begins with EACLIN or SRC.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox Facility

If sending by U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS 
PO Box 660921 
Dallas, TX 75266

For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

USCIS 
Attn: H4 
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business 
Suite 400 
Lewisville, TX 75067

File with the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility if the receipt number of your H-1B principal spouse’s most recent Form I-797 Notice of Approval for Form I-129 begins with WAC.

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox Facility

If sending by U.S. Postal Service (USPS):

USCIS 
P.O. Box 20400 
Phoenix, AZ 85036

If sending by FedEx, UPS or DHL :

USCIS 
Attn: H4 
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S 
Suite 100 
Phoenix, AZ 85034




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  27 Useful Questions & Answers

  1. skvt kss
    skvt kss 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil,
    I have received biometrics appointment for H4 extension next week. But I had read that we can go earlier than our scheduled date and that walk in’s are allowed? Is this still applicable? Thank you.


  2. skvt kss
    skvt kss 15 Jan, 20 at 9:29 am

    Hi Anil,
    I had applied for H4 and EAD extensions simultaneously. I have got receipt notice for both of them last week but have not yet received the biometrics appointment notice. Does the biometric appointment notice come late? Any idea after how many days of h4 receipt notice does one receive the biometric appointment notice? Appreciate your time and help.


  3. Sudhakar
    Sudhakar 23 Dec, 19 at 2:23 pm

    Hi, I am filing H-1B + H4 application, my spouse H4- to H-1B COS application is pending and current H-4 visa expired (Currently she is on COS receipt status). Meanwhile I would like to file H4 for her, what is the date I need to enter in 12b field since she is on receipt status and I-94 expired and where I need mention that she is on receipt status. Appreciate your response.


  4. skvt kss
    skvt kss 23 Dec, 19 at 2:23 pm

    What would be the lockbox filing location for filing H4 and EAD extension (separately from spouse) when the H1B approval begins with SRC. The USCIS website (https://www.uscis.gov/i-539-addresses#H-4) gives lockbox address only for approval beginning with EAC/LIN/WAC. It does not mention anything for SRC


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 23 Dec, 19 at 2:23 pm

      Send H4 ad H4 EAD application to Dallas Lockbox for H1B receipt starting with SRC.


  5. Uttirna
    Uttirna 11 Dec, 19 at 10:39 am

    I have a valid H4 visa till Aug 2020 same as my husband’s H1B and I am currently residing outside US. My husband is now going for H1b transfer. After it gets approved what is the process for my H4 extension. Can I travel to US before Aug 2020 and then file for H4 extension or do I need to get the extension first and then travel to avoid complication at POE?


  6. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    I am filing concurrent application for H4 extension and H4 EAD renewal based on my spouse’s already approved H1 petition. How should I bundle the documents?

    Option 1:

    Clip 1 I-539 form and Fee checks

    Clip 2 I-765 form and Fee check

    Clip 3 All supporting documents for I-539 and I-765

    Option 2:

    Clip 1 I-539 form, Fee checks and supporting documents

    Clip 2 I-765 form, Fee check and supporting documents

    In case Option 2 is recommended, do I need to attach the current H4 I-539 I797A approval notice copy for the 765 bundle even though it is expiring in next 6 months? Or do you recommend not to attach I797A approval notice with the I765 bundle as it is a concurrent filing.


  7. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    If I am filing H4 extension independently based on my spouse’s approved H1.
    There are 2 questions in Part4 – Q3.Are you or anyone included on the application, an application for immigrant visa? The answer seems YES

    Q4- has an immigrant petition Ever been filed for you or for any other person included in this application, is this answer NO as the I140 is on my spouse name and I am included as an dependant?

    Or is the answer Yes for this as well since I have been added as an dependant on my spouse’s immigrant petition


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

      The answer to Part 4, Q 3 should be NO if your own i140 has not been filed yet.
      H4 application is for you and not your spouse. You are dependent and H1B spouse is not included on i539 application.


  8. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    If I am filing H4 extension independently what should I answer for Part 3 Q 3a?


  9. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    Can a H4 dependent file his/her own H4 status extension if Spouse’s i797 is already approved?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

      Yes, you can apply H4 extention yourself.


  10. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 6 Nov, 19 at 1:46 pm

    If I answer ‘Yes’ to Part 4 Q3 and Q4, what information should I provide in the Additional section Part 8?


  11. SUSHMITA RAY
    SUSHMITA RAY 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

    I539 filling instructions on USCIS site states that ” If you used a passport or travel document to travel to the United States,
    enter either the passport information or information from the travel document from your most recent entry into the
    United States in Part 1., Item Numbers 11. – 15.b. on the application, even if the passport or travel document is
    currently expired. If you have been issued a new passport while in the United States, provide your current passport
    information in Part 4., Item Numbers 1.a. – 1.c.”
    So does mean I need to enter my (expired)passport information which is used while my last entry to the US in Part 1?
    And provide renewed passport information in Part 4?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 1 Nov, 19 at 10:45 am

      Yes, you need to enter old passport details as that’s the passport you used to enter US and your i94 is attached to it.


  12. Sarath
    Sarath 24 Oct, 19 at 12:06 am

    Hi Anil,

    I have a question on the passport details of the part 1 – 14a and 14b. You mentioned to enter current passport details even though old passport was used to enter US. But it seems like as a follow up question of 12. In part 4, it specifically says to enter current passport information “Provide your current passport information (If different from part 1)”

    Could you please clarify?

    Thanks.


  13. Nim
    Nim 31 Jul, 19 at 9:41 am

    Hi Anil,
    I’m filling I-539 for my spouse and following your article. Thanks for it and it’s very helpful.
    I have a question on Passport number in Q 14a and b bullet point. You have mentioned new passport number should be entered in this section but I don’t see any place to enter the new passport number apart from Part 4 1a, 1b and 1c. Am I missing anything here Or new passport number goes to Q13 or new passport expiration details goes to this section?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 19 at 3:44 pm

      Its on page 2, part 1.


      • Nim
        Nim 31 Jul, 19 at 6:05 pm

        Yes, I understand. But I don’t see any place for new Passport Number as you have mentioned.


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 31 Jul, 19 at 7:14 pm

          My statement means that if you got your passport renewed, then use the new passport number. Some people have their i94 attached to old passport when they last entered and now got a renewed passport within US.


  14. Deepti Chandak Heda
    Deepti Chandak Heda 26 Jul, 19 at 6:14 pm

    My spouse COS from L1 to H1 has been approved. I am applying for L2 to H4 COS, where should I send the I539 form or address the attn?
    Attn: H4 or Attn: I539


    • Deepti Chandak Heda
      Deepti Chandak Heda 27 Jul, 19 at 6:33 am

      Could you please respond to the above query. Thanks for the help.


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 27 Jul, 19 at 8:39 am

      Use the H1B receipt code to find the address as given in above article.

      Use Attn: H4.


  15. Oralombiss Erinn
    Oralombiss Erinn 26 Jul, 19 at 5:25 am

    Can you please explain how can I order and attach the forms. I have one I 539 and 2 I 539 A forms with supporting docs?


    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 26 Jul, 19 at 7:07 am

      Use paper pins to keep all pages of i539 together and do same with i539A.
      Then keep them both in an envelope and then send.


      • Oralombiss Erinn
        Oralombiss Erinn 26 Jul, 19 at 7:26 am

        Thanks Anil. So the supporting docs should be in between the forms ? I 539 +Supporting docs + I 539 A + supporting docs ?


        • Anil Gupta
          Anil Gupta 26 Jul, 19 at 12:31 pm

          You can bundle the supporting documents with separate paper pin and keep them in the envelope after i539 and i539A.


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